« A welcome to the new year | Main | Gray Duet (Winter in Berlin) »

Cake, vacant lots and der Fritz


The day after New Year's day, and the city still half in sleep. For the first time I note the pinched tenement windows as S and I walk down the still-pastoral street towards lunch.


The black cat licks the last spot of cheese from the floor. After cake, I watch the clouds chase other clouds. Beneath that expanse of sky, the empty courtyard across the street has been torn open, heralding a building that will block the view. 


Kristina sends me home with the second issue of Eva-Maria Hilker's new magazine Der Fritz. The next morning over tea, I leaf through the luminously photographed articles on soap-makers in the Uckermark, caviar from Neuruppin, and a tattoo parlor in Panketal

PS: The cake, by the way, was this one, with a quarter-cup of cocoa powder substituted for a quarter-cup of flour. I am obsessed with duplicating a chocolate poppyseed cake I ate recently in Karslhorst. Good, but not quite chocolatey enough: will try a third-cup of cocoa powder next time, and a chocolate ganache.


Sunday, six thirty, all is sleeping. Now I need many more hours to leaf through what you offer here. Wish I could speed-read... Too many grand ideas out there, aren't there!

Wasn't that such an afternoon. I'm warming to the greyness of these days, with bits of colour strewn in.

(I'm hereby volunteering to try the chocolate ganache.)

FL, you must let me know if I can help in planning your Berlin trip.

Kristina, it's a date! That said, I loved your pink icing. Ganache in the middle and pink on top...?

I got a copy of 'Der Fritz' for Christmas and love flipping through it, enjoy!

ha ha, we could alternate too - any excuse for making and having another cake!

The comments to this entry are closed.